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Bardbowl I @ BHSEC Manhattan, New York, NY (2/10/18)

Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:20 pm
by nycaqb1999
Hello all! It is my pleasure to announce that Bard High School Early College (BHSEC) Manhattan will be hosting Bardbowl I on Saturday, February 10th, 2018, using the NAQT 173-A question set. This may be a bit premature in terms of a forum post, but since we’ve already gotten several registrations, we’ve decided to go ahead and put this out there. Since we are a fairly small team, if any NYC area staffers would volunteer to help out, that would be much appreciated. Currently, we are issuing a soft field cap at 24 teams, however we do have room to expand if there is enough interest. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

Registration and Fees:
First team: $70
Each subsequent team: $65
Buzzer discount: -$5
Staffer discount: -$10
New to NAQT: -$20
Minimum charge per team: $50 ($35 for new to NAQT teams)

Please register using this Google Form:

Teams will play in round-robin preliminary pools in order to qualify for playoff rounds after lunch. Those who do not qualify will play consolation rounds. The tournament will operate using NAQT rules, with the following exceptions:
Rounds will be untimed and will consist of twenty tossups and twenty bonuses.
There will be no computational math bonuses or tossups.
We will be using ACF timing rules for answering: (available here at 5 seconds for answering tossups and bonuses, as well as 5 seconds before a tossup goes dead after being read, etc.


The tournament will be held at BHSEC Manhattan, at 525 East Houston Street, 10003, New York, NY. The entrance to the school is on Mangin Street, the last street heading east before the FDR Drive.

Check In:
Check in will begin at 8:00 AM, and will close at 8:45 AM. The first match will begin at 9:00 AM.

Directions via Car:
If approaching from the North, South, or East, simply make your way to the FDR Drive, exit at the Houston Street exit, make the first left onto Baruch Place, turn left onto Stanton, and then left again onto Mangin, and the school entrance should be on your left.
If approaching from the West, take exit 5 (Canal Street) off of the Holland Tunnel, head east until West Broadway (2 blocks) and make a left, then make a right on Houston and drive east until the corner of Mangin and Houston.

As the majority of residents around BHSEC park in housing project lots, street parking is more readily available than in other parts of Manhattan. However, we still suggest you leave some extra time to find parking in case complications arise.

Directions via Public Transit:
There are several ways to get to BHSEC via public transportation. Two buses stop directly outside the school. The M21 runs east along Houston, connecting with the 1 train at Houston Street, the B, D, F, M, and 6 at Broadway Lafayette/Bleecker Street and the F at 2nd Avenue. The M14D runs eastward along 14th Street before heading down Avenues C and D to BHSEC. It connects to the A, C, E, B, D, L at 14th Street and 8th Avenue, the 1, 2, 3 at 14th Street and 7th Avenue, the F, M, L, at 14th Street and 6th Avenue, the N, Q, R, W, 4, 5, 6, L, at 14th Street-Union Square at 14th and Broadway as well as 14th and 4th Avenue (depending on your exit) and the L at 14th Street and 3rd Avenue as well as at 14th Street and 1st Avenue. As you can probably tell, the M14D has many more connections and also stops very frequently, so we suggest you take that bus over the M21. Alternatively, the school is about a mile walk from the Delancey Street station (F, J, Z, M) and the 2nd Avenue Station (F). We do it every day, you can too!

Teams will have around an hour for lunch. Lunch options around the school are somewhat limited, so we strongly suggest that you pack your own lunch if the following options do not appeal to you: a Halal Food truck, a (very good and very cheap) pizzeria with classic pies as well as a rotating selection of pan-Latin American entrees, a bodega with deli sandwiches, and a supermarket with more deli sandwiches. A map of these places will be available at the tournament. Pizza lunch will be provided for staffers only.

Database link:

Re: Bardbowl I @ BHSEC Manhattan, New York, NY (2/10/18)

Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:34 pm
by nycaqb1999
Current Field: (Teams/Buzzers/Mods)

Teterboro (1/0/0)
Stuyvesant (2/0/0)
Great Neck North (1/0/0)
Trinity (4/0/0)
Middlesex Middle (2/5/1)
Columbia Secondary (1/0/0)
North Babylon (2/3/0)
Tenafly (1/0/0)
High Tech HS (2/3/1)
Valley Stream South (2/3/0)
Kellenberg (1/3/0)
Beacon (1/0/0)
Island Trees (1/0/0)
Lawrence (2/1/2)
Gotham (1/0/0)

TOTAL: (24/18/4)

Re: Bardbowl I @ BHSEC Manhattan, New York, NY (2/10/18)

Posted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:49 pm
by nycaqb1999
UPDATE: "PACE (the Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence) has awarded your tournament, Bardbowl I, gold certification. This means that the top 20% of teams in your tournament (rounded up to the nearest integer) will qualify for our national high school quizbowl championship, the PACE NSC on the weekend of June 2nd--3rd, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Reston outside of Washington, D.C.."

Re: Bardbowl I @ BHSEC Manhattan, New York, NY (2/10/18)

Posted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 11:28 am
by nycaqb1999
Our field is filling up quickly with only two weeks to go: we encourage teams to register soon! We will raise our field cap to 28 teams if there is sufficient interest, and our hard cap is at 36.

Also, we've had some interest from NYU and Columbia students to help staff the tournament, and we ask them to please fill out this form:

Re: Bardbowl I @ BHSEC Manhattan, New York, NY (2/10/18)

Posted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:25 am
by nycaqb1999
The field cap has been raised to 28 teams.

Re: Bardbowl I @ BHSEC Manhattan, New York, NY (2/10/18)

Posted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 2:42 pm
by nycaqb1999
We have reached our field cap of 28, and the cap has been raised to 30.

Re: Bardbowl I @ BHSEC Manhattan, New York, NY (2/10/18)

Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:35 pm
by nycaqb1999

Due to a numerically unfortunate assortment of drops and additions, we are now down to 25 teams. As this number is very inconvenient, and we would much prefer either 24 or 26 (+2 house) teams, we will now be instituting standby registration. How this will work: any team that is in the area and can play on Saturday can sign up to be put on a list, and if no changes in registration occur among paying teams, a standby team will be invited to play free of charge. This notification will occur by 8:00pm on Friday. This form is to express your interest in being a standby team:

Re: Bardbowl I @ BHSEC Manhattan, New York, NY (2/10/18)

Posted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:19 pm
by nycaqb1999
Thanks to everyone for a great tournament! North Babylon A took 1st, High Tech B took 2nd, and Island Trees came in 3rd. We can't wait to see you all next year!

Re: Bardbowl I @ BHSEC Manhattan, New York, NY (2/10/18)

Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 12:12 am
by nycaqb1999